Drum Commodities Limited provides logistical services and risk control for aid agencies across Africa and the Middle East. Services also include warehouse auditing, stock controls and fumigation provision. Here Jethro Freeman, Business Development Manager for Drum Commodities Limited discusses their new expansion into working with the aid sector.
EU countries are well-known for their aid provision. Yet a lot of people are unaware of the amount of aid that goes ‘missing’ before it ever reaches its final destination, getting swallowed up in the black market or slipped into the back pockets of local lower-tier officials along the way.
No one is immune to this problem. Just last year, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) gave the UK’s Department for International Development amber-red rating for not doing enough to tackle corruption in the aid supply chain. And while we certainly need a more holistic, global approach to tackling it, the ICAI also found that most of the big agencies don’t yet have the means to audit their relief (as has been shown in Nigeria and Haiti). At the very least, they could do much more to ensure they mitigate the risk of it getting to those that need it the most.